Posted on October 15, 2012
This looming monster called the World Trade Organization ... Is it really malevolent?
by Mary Boardman
Monster: "... an imaginary entity compounded of incongruous elements; an inhumanly wicked person ..."
Posted on October 14, 2012
Corporations want to divert Canada's rivers south to irrigate a few years of profits.
by Don Malcolm
By 2025 the earth's population will have increased by an additional two billion people. What we do in the next twenty-five years will determine whether we are moving toward civilization or chaos. The first three decades of the 21st century will bring change difficult to imagine by many from to-day's perspective.
Posted on October 10, 2012
The future and forms of energy continue to change.
by Don Malcolm
Scattered throughout the watersheds in the eastern part of Canada and the United States are countless ancient mill sites. Their locations are marked by the presence of old dams on many of the creeks and rivers. Water backed up from the dam became a millpond from which it was channelled through a millrace to turn a large wooden mill wheel.
Posted on October 09, 2012
There is enough water for everyone, and now a solution to fair distribution.
by Robert Blakeney
Robert Blakeney is a BC water and sanitation Engineer who has participated in relief missions with Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in South Sudan and East Timor
Water, the "source of life," has shaped the world's ecosystem, established our political boundaries, and has resulted in the rise and fall of civilizations.
Posted on September 26, 2012
by Martin Fournier
G8: Group of Eight Industrialized Countries --
United States, Britain, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Japan, and Canada
G6B: Global Six Billion -- the people in the rest of the world
Were the recent G8 protests in Calgary effective in affecting positive change? Is summit hopping, the practice of activists travelling to globalization summits in large numbers, a now defunct strategy? Where is the anti-globalization movement going? Does the movement have a unified vision to keep its momentum? These are difficult questions for activists to answer in these times of repression.
Posted on September 25, 2012
The global water crisis is the greatest ecological and human threat humanity has ever faced.…By 2030, global demand for water will exceed supply by 40% – an astounding figure foretelling of terrible suffering.
Excerpts from a speech by Maude Barlow to the Environmental Grantmakers Association
Posted on August 17, 2012
by Kenny Ausubel
Excerpt from the opening speech of the 16th annual Bioneers Conference, which took place in October in Rafael, Calif. and 16 locations across the continent including Vancouver, BC.
A friend of mine in Texas had a hobby of doing grave rubbings. She favored old, out-of-the-way cemeteries, the final resting places of the notably not rich and famous. She would place a large piece of thin paper over the tombstone and rub it with charcoal to take an impression. My favorite was one that was
Posted on August 16, 2012
by Don Malcolm
Money recognizes neither geographical nor political borders. It controls the fate and daily activities of populations throughout the world. While heaping riches on someone in Hong Kong or Rio de Janeiro, it may, at the same time, be destroying the fortune of someone in Halifax or Melbourne. Money is insensate
Posted on July 14, 2012
Forbidden fruits; the more we demand, the less we get.
by Gordon Albright
From the dawn of the human race, our greatest challenge has been to keep our higher intelligence from doing us more harm than good. Our growing cleverness opened up all kinds of tempting new opportunities. Unfortunately, most of them turned out to be “forbidden fruits,” which seemed wonderful at first, but ended up costing us far more than they were worth. Like the Sorcerer’s Apprentice, when we tried to make our lives easier and better, we usually brought disaster on ourselves.